Title: 0207 - Identifying Patients’ and Clinicians’ Oral and Dental Research Priorities


Peter Robinson (Presenter)
University of Bristol

Shamaila Anwar, National Institute for Health Research
Richard Boards, Smile aiders
Jan Clarkson, University of Dundee
Di Charles, PPI representative
Katherine Cowan, James Lind Alliance
Blanaid Daly, School of Dental Science, Trinity College Dublin
Christopher Deery, University of Sheffield
Onkar Dhanoya, Honour Health
Jenny Godson, Public Health England
Jonathan Gower, National Institute for Health Research
Sara Hurley, NHS England
Rameesa Khalil, Smile aiders
Rebecca Moazzez, King's College London
Ian Mills, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)
Emma Pacey, King's College Hospital
Mariya Patel, Smile aiders
Sue Pavitt, University of Leeds


Objectives: Few large scale clinical studies are conducted in oral and dental health, consequently, the evidence-base for interventions is weak. Involving patients and clinicians in setting research questions focuses efforts on those of relevance to end users and increases the likelihood of funding. The UK National Institute for Health Research has therefore initiated an Oral and Dental Health Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) using the James Lind Alliance (JLA) method.
The PSP aims to identify the unanswered questions related to oral and dental health from patient and clinical perspectives and then prioritise those that patients and clinicians agree are the most important. Patient and clinical perspectives are represented on the PSP Steering Group, chaired by an independent JLA Adviser.

Methods: National online survey with individuals and groups identifying uncertainties related to interventions to improve oral health and/or reduce inequalities. Following content analysis, out of scope uncertainties are removed. The existing evidence-base for the remaining uncertainties will be verified by literature searching. The unanswered questions will first be prioritised via a public survey. The top ten uncertainties will be selected by patients, carers and dental professionals in a Nominal Group Technique workshop.

Results: To date 556 people have participated in the survey: 52.3% health and social care professionals; 35.8% patients, carers or members of the public and 9.5% ‘other’. Uncertainties relate to: health policy, health promotion/education; access to services; prevention and treatment of dental caries, periodontal diseases and mouth ulcers; diagnosis of oral cancer and patient safety.

Conclusions: The identified priorities will be disseminated and implemented by (i) preparing lay summaries suitable for non-professional organisations for further circulation, (ii) preparing ‘news’ type reports for professional non-academic journals, (iii) focusing partners’ research proposals on the priorities and (iv) actively engaging funding bodies to encourage them to target funds at the research priorities of end users.

This abstract is based on research that was funded entirely or partially by an outside source:
Dental Schools' Council & Public Health England

Disclosure Statement:
The submitter must disclose the names of the organizations with which any author have a relationship, the nature of the relationship, and the clinical or research area involved. The following is submitted: None